WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHNT) – Friday, the U.S. Department of Education granted Alabama’s waiver request to be removed from many of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
The Alabama State Board of Education intends to measure public school achievement through a new set of goals, PLAN 2020.
Up to 46 states have submitted waivers asking to be released from many outdated portions of NCLB. Alabama becomes the 38th state to be granted a waiver.
Dr. Tommy Bice, State Superintendent of Education, said the original intent of NCLB was good, but the challenge of meeting every single expectation of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals didn’t give schools credit for growth, if they fell one or two points short.
Dr. Bice said PLAN 2020 will review academic progress thoroughly and focus on all student subgroups.
“PLAN 2020 is a rigorous and comprehensive Alabama-developed plan designed to improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity, and improve the quality of instruction,” Dr. Bice said. “The waiver from NCLB is just one part of the overall PLAN 2020 approach. Ultimately, what will result is a system that uses the college- and career-readiness of its graduates as its capstone measure of success.